On 1 September 2014, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched a 3-month public consultation on the 6th draft recommendation of twenty-two substances to be included in Annex XIV (the Authorisation List). During the same period, a call for information was also held by the European Commission on the possible socio-economic consequences of the inclusion of the substances in Annex XIV.
These twenty-two substances include two substances obtained from coal tar, seven lead substances, four boron substances, seven phthalates and two other substances.
To include substances in the Authorisation List, the ECHA first selects SVHCs from the Candidate List based on the established prioritisation criteria and makes a draft recommendation. A 3-month public consultation is then held to collect comments from all interested parties. After the public consultation, the ECHA makes a formal recommendation to the European Commission (EC), which will decide whether or not to adopt the recommendation. If the recommendation is adopted, an amendment to Annex XIV will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Taken into account the capacity of both the ECHA and the EC, only a subset of the twenty-two substances is expected to be selected for its final recommendation to the Commission.
For each SVHC listed in the Authorisation List, a specified date called the “sunset date” is given. After this date, the selling and/or use of an SVHC listed in the Authorisation List is only allowed if an authorisation has been granted by the EC. However, authorisation does not apply to articles imported into the EU.
The Authorisation List currently contains 31 substances.
Table A gives the substance name and identification numbers (CAS and EC) of the twenty-two proposed substances.
Table A. The substances name and identification numbers of the 22 proposed SVHCs for inclusion in the Authorisation List (Annex XIV).
4-Nonylphenol, branched and linear, ethoxylated [substances with a linear and/or branched alkyl chain with a carbon number of 9 covalently bound in position 4 to phenol, ethoxylated covering UVCB- and well-defined substances, polymers and homologues, which include any of the individual isomers and/or combinations thereof]
Lead monoxide (lead oxide)
1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-11-branched and linear alkyl esters
Dipentyl phthalate (DPP)
Pentalead tetraoxide sulphate
Tetraboron disodium heptaoxide, hydrate
Orange lead (lead tetroxide)
Pyrochlore, antimony lead yellow
Silicic acid, lead salt
Tetralead trioxide sulphate
1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, dipentylester, branched and linear